Review: Releasing five albums over five years on labels such as Salsoul, Dream and 10, Ohio-based Slave-offshoot Aurra recorded this in 1984 but it never saw the light of day. Until now... Oozing MOR soul and funk, polished with distinctive 80s production techniques, Family Groove have done these lost tapes justice. Highlights include the Estefanesque slap-bass jam "Perfect Date", the electro-influenced late night star-gazer "Turn The Lights Down Low" and the soulful vocal harmonies and subtle soft rockisms of "Maybe I'm Wasting My Time." Satisfaction guaranteed!
Review: In 2016, Family Groove Records released a 12" of previously unheard 1979 demo recordings by Webster Station, a boogie-funk band from Dayton, Ohio whose studio efforts were initially binned by Warner Brothers for not being commercial enough. Demand for Family Groove's limited 12" of their recordings has remained high, so the label has decided to do a reissue. There's much to admire throughout, from the high-octane thrills of opener "Are You For Real" and the spacey warmth of the super-soulful "Can You Feel My Love", to the sugary sweetness of the Latin tinged ballad "Lady" and righteous closer "If You Feel Like Dancing", a killer combination of spacey synths, crunchy drums, urgent vocals and killer Clavinet lines.
Just Be Yourself (KON aka King Of Nothing remix) (7:47)
Just Be Yourself (extended mix) (6:34)
Review: Another royal re-edit by the one and only KON, here we find him going to town on 1974 soul classic from Pat Tandy's The Pretenders. Flipping the arrangement so each section gets a chance to shine (notably the raffish walking bassline and sweeping strings) the lead remix pays full respect to the original while giving it a completely fresh new life. Complete with the extended original for the more purest fans, KON's delivered gold once again.